Robert Pattinson Really Wants Fans to Stop Using His Awful Nickname

Close up of Robert Pattison at a red carpet event
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Maybe it’s just fans’ desire to feel close to the celebrities they adore, but earning a nickname from the greater community is almost a right of passage for many celebrities. Once the world is calling you by some cute or shortened version of your real name, you know that you have achieved a kind of fandom that is unique. 

Not everyone is pleased by the names that their fans give them, however. Robert Pattinson is among the stars who would rather be called by their full names than the pet monikers their fans have created for them. What’s so bad about Pattinson’s nickname? Read on to find out. 

Robert Pattinson broke free of an early typecast 

Robert Pattinson’s first big acting role was in 2005 in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In the film, he played Cedric Diggory, a character who didn’t get a lot of screen time but who played a crucial part in the film’s dramatic turn and in the entire series’ progression into darker, more serious content. After a series of lesser-known follow up roles, Pattinson would land his big break in 2008 when he was cast as Edward Cullen in the tremendously popular Twilight series. 

Pattinson would play a major role in all of the films connected with Twilightand this role would keep him busy for the next several years. Pattinson ran the risk of getting typecast for his sulky portrayal of a love interest in a teen drama, but he would soon prove to the world that his acting chops were far more diverse. 

Robert Pattinson had several major roles after Twilight

After Twilight, Pattinson went on play Tyler Hawkins in the movie Remember Me, a film set against the backdrop of the 9/11 tragedy that follows the ups and downs of a young couple trying to navigate life’s difficulties. While his role in a romantic drama would seem familiar to Twilight fans, the depth and range of the topic added to his repertoire. 

Later, he would star in Good Time, a gritty drama that has Pattinson playing a criminal set on breaking his brother free from jail. This role definitely expanded beyond his romantic teen image, and he started to get recognized more fully for his acting skills. 

All that hard work seems to be paying off as Pattinson is now set to take on one of the most iconic movie roles of all time. He’ll follow in the footsteps of Christian Bale and Ben Affleck to don the mask of The Batman. The upcoming film promises to be genre-defying, and fans will have to wait to see how Pattinson’s performance stacks up against expectations. 

Pattinson says his nickname reminds him of “an antacid tablet”

This rapid rise to fame has left Pattinson with a lot of admirers. As is often the case with popular celebrities, fans have given him a nickname: RPatz. In a common naming convention for celebrities, fans created a portmanteau of his first and last name. Other people who have gotten similar treatment include J-Lo (Jennifer Lopez) and A-Rod (Aaron Rodriguez). The trend even applies to couples rather than just individuals. Kimye (Kanye West and Kim Kardashian), Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), and Speidi (Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag) are all couples who received shortened combinations of their names.  

In Pattinson’s case, he is not a fan. He explained, “If I could figure out a way to get rid of that, it’d be amazing. It does sound like an antacid tablet.” Whether RPatz will keep heartburn at bay or not, Pattinson has yet to be able to shake the moniker. As he makes new headlines for his superhero role, we’ll have to wait and see if the nickname fades or sticks around.